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About Philandjulie

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    Brisbane, AUS
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    Cabo San Lucas

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  1. We were supposed to do the TA on the Getaway on 23 April and received notification of the cancellation. As it was supposed to be a big holiday for husband's 60th, he is eager to book another TA for next April (and not turn 60 until then LOL). Last week, we used our last Cruise Next voucher to book a balcony on the Pearl leaving Miami on 5 April 2021 - that was fine. Today, he tried to upgrade to a Suite and they wanted $2238.00 deposit straight away for it. With our FCC and the $250 voucher plus the required deposit, this would be more than the actual suite price. Has anyone else not been able to use their FCC as deposit and part/full payment on their next booking? We do not want to hand over another $2200 plus have NCL keep around $11K of our money for 12 months. Also, I have read somewhere on here that there is another 20% off the next cruise you book because of the cancellations. Is this correct? Thanks - and fingers crossed 2021 is a good one for all.
  2. We have been planning our holiday for over 15 months for husbands 60th. Flying from Australia to New York, doing TA to Rome on Getaway, then flying to Phuket via Singapore for 10 days then home. So many different travel restrictions for different countries, flights and hotels booked and trying to keep up with every country’s travel alerts is time consuming and difficult. Have been upgraded from balcony to Haven Penthouse so really looking forward to cruise. Probably never be able to do Haven again unless a lotto win is in the future👍 Booked everything ourselves without a travel agent so no backup/support there. Insurance will cover costs if cruise or flights cancelled but not before. Luckily we both have enough sick leave through work to cover any quarantine periods. BUT it is becoming stressful taking it all day by day and not knowing what to rebook/cancel at this stage. I can work remotely as long as I have laptop. Assuming a lot of people in same position. Just having to take day by day for next 5.5 weeks. Hoping NCL will confirm if we are disembarking in France or Spain instead of Rome and then we could check flights from there and travel alerts back to Oz. How is everyone else dealing with last minute/government restrictions? Take care everyone and happy cruising whatever happens 😎
  3. Joejoe59 - we are the same. Just have to go with the flow at this stage. Flying from Brisbane to New York on 20/4/20 and doing the TA on The Getaway to Rome. But who knows where we will end up.
  4. I use Paul Mitchell in Brisbane. I have seen that Hairhouse Warehouse has PM for sale and Melbourne has many chemists and salons that sell it. You could google what salons in Melbourne City sell it and buy from them or check out major chemists. I always take my own just in case I can’t find what I want overseas. Even deodorant and soap I take from home. Enjoy being down under and have a great time
  5. We have found that smaller ships are good for port intensive cruises, and larger ones for transatlantic or lots of sea days itineraries. We did transatlantic on the Star and found that it got a tad boring after 6 days at sea. We then did a Mediterranean cruise on the Epic and had 6 ports in 7 days. We didn’t have time to see and enjoy a lot of the ship. So we we are doing another transatlantic next April on the Getaway and looking forward to having days to explore, enjoy and relax
  6. We have just called NCL Australia to get a quote for changing our fully paid for aft facing balcony on Getaway in April to a Courtyard Haven Cabin and received zero assistance. We just wanted to see what the price difference would be and was basically told it was an extra AUD6000. That was different to the website and she said we can change our booking through MyNCL. We can’t find where we can change our stateroom type online. Also, our current booking includes 4 packages, but with the upgrade, we were going for the “second guest 50% off” offer instead. Due to language differences, NCL did not understand what we wanted. So question is, does anyone know how to change stateroom type on a paid reservation? Love NCL but their onshore customer service is terrible.
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